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Minnesota FoodShare Results

March came in and left like a lion with a wonderful response to the Minnesota FoodShare campaign to #SquashHunger! All of the donations of food and monetary support went directly to Our Daily Bread Food Shelf, co-operated by our volunteers and 360 Communities, and located in our church facility.

The final tally is in, the results are final. The goals were blown away!

With the help of a whole bunch of "rescue food" (food from grocery stores would otherwise be wasted), we took in a total of 14,201 pounds of food vs. the goal of 8,000. And the generosity of the SOTV congregation showed again with a total dollar amount of $9,852 vs. the goal of $6,000.

If you’re interested in comparisons, the 2016 numbers were 9,003 pounds and $7,417, and 2015 came in at 7,196 pounds and $4,248. Of further interest, the totals of food brought in by SOTV members alone were: 2015 – 2,892 pounds, 2016 – 4,847 pounds, and 2017 – 5,265 pounds, Each recent year has been bigger than the year before!

Thank you to everyone who donated so generously! We are also thankful to Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and Fresh Thyme for their partnership. Special thanks to Harley Peterson and the team of food shelf volunteers for their continued diligence in weighing and tracking all the donations to give us these totals.

Wow! Thankful for what God has done, we are a generous and compassionate community. Shepherd of the Valley and its community partners continue to respond to the Gospel with a grace-filled spirit that is beautiful to behold. The sky is the limit to what we can accomplish together.


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A Cutting Edge Food Shelf

By Trip Sullivan

Since 2010, Shepherd of the Valley has partnered with 360 Communities to operate Our Daily Bread Food Shelf in our church building. Did you know our food shelf is considered at the cutting edge of food shelves? Over the past year, we’ve hit many milestones in our quest to squash hunger in Dakota County:

  • †We are a “Choice Model” food shelf which means families can shop for their own groceries.
  • Thanks to new partnerships with Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, and now Fresh Thyme, we are receiving a lot more food to fill our shelves. This is "rescue food" - produce, dairy, meat, bakery, and other items that would otherwise be wasted.
  • †Spending less on food at food banks allowed us to purchase new equipment. We now have three fridges and three freezers!
  • †Renovations over the summer allowed the food shelf to have its own dedicated space.
  • †All of these factors have enabled the food shelf to offer a larger variety of healthier foods. We now offer milk, eggs, several varieties of meat, several choices of fruits and vegetables, bread, and much more. 
Ways to support our food shelf:
1. Bring a food item or two (or whole bag) with you to church each week
2. Make monetary donation to help purchase additional food.
3. Organize a neighborhood food drive.
4. Tell others!
Thank you for your support!

Before the Choice Model, volunteers used to pack groceries for clients before they came in. Now when clients come in for 20 minute appointments, volunteers work alongside them as they shop. Volunteers love having more interaction with clients, and clients love being able to choose the items that best meet their family’s needs.

Being a healthier food shelf is important. Of clients who use 360 Community food shelves, 67% suffer from diabetes or heart issues. Healthy food is also more expensive, and thus harder for our clients to obtain. Making healthier foods available is only the first step. That’s why volunteers work with clients to provide recipes, education and resources as needed. We’ve also begun a new partnership with the University of Minnesota who is doing research, taking inventory of our items, surveying clients, and training volunteers to help us be even more at the top of our game.

Our March Food Drive is now underway. Many of us have more than enough. When you go shopping this month, pick up an extra bag of some non-perishable items each time. It will add up! And it will feed the hungry. (See most needed items here)

If we reach the goal of collecting $6,000 and 8,000 pounds of food, your pastors pledge to engage in a display of public silliness (exact details to be determined). Just a little bonus on top of your faithfulness. Thank you for your support!

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A Lenten Hunger Prayer

By Pastor Rick Summy. People are hungry. Here, in the United States of America. Here, in Minnesota. Here, in Apple Valley, Rosemount, Eagan, Burnsville…Here, at Shepherd of the Valley, we aren’t going to solve this problem. But we are part of the solution.

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